Prof James Calleja
Profs James Calleja
Principal and CEO

Professor James Calleja has been involved in Vocational Education and Training since 2001. Before his appointment as Principal and CEO of the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology in June 2018, Mr Calleja was Director of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) from 2013 to May 2018. Before joining Cedefop, he served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Employment in his native Malta from 2011 to 2013. Professor Calleja is also the President of the European Forum for Vocational Education and Training (EfVET) a Europe-wide organisation representing VET training providers. Since 2016, he serves as Council Member on the Hong Kong Council for the Accreditation of Vocational and Academic Qualifications (HKCAVAQ).

In 2005 he was entrusted with the setting up of the Malta Qualifications Council where he served as Chief Executive up to December 2010. He is an Associate Professor and served as Council member of the University of Malta.

Prof Calleja is a graduate of the Universities of Malta, Padua (Italy) and Bradford (UK) from where he obtained his PhD in International Relations. Since 2001, he has been an accredited commercial mediator with CEDR (London).

In 2001, he was appointed Administrative Director of the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology and in 2004 he moved to the European Training Foundation in Turin. He started his working life at the Foundation for International Studies at the University of Malta (1986-1995) followed by other upward career moves to the United Nations International Institute on Ageing (1995-1998) and to the Ministry of Economic Services Malta (1998-2001). He represented Malta on the European Qualifications Framework Advisory Group, on CEDEFOP’s Governing Board and on the Bologna Follow-Up Group.

A prolific writer, Prof Calleja has published books and articles and has edited various publications. He is the co-author of the Malta Referencing Report of the Malta Qualifications Framework to the EQF and EHEA. He has participated in international events in many countries in Europe, North America, South-East Asia, Australia, Canada, Africa, South Africa, the Middle East, and in the Mediterranean region.

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Ing. Jesmond Zammit
Director Capital Projects

Eng. Jesmond Zammit graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Malta in 1993. He started his career as an equipment engineer with a multinational semiconductor manufacturing and testing company and was responsible for new equipment design, buy off and commissioning. In 1999 he took over production and operations management of the QFP and BGA testing and finishing department within the same multinational.

In 2007, after 14 years working in the manufacturing sector, Jesmond joined a building technologies company, as a chief operating officer, offering fire, safety, security and HVAC services to high-end, mixed-use residential and commercial developments.

Since 2016, Jesmond took up the role of Head of Capital Projects office at MCAST, tasked with the design, execution, commissioning and handover of the college campus masterplan.

In his spare time, Jesmond likes to travel and explore new cultures, take long walks and to read. He also enjoys cooking and food-wine pairing.

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Mr Mario Pace

Data Protection Officer

Mr Mario Pace joined MCAST in September 2001 as an assistant lecturer at the ICT Institute. In 2002 he was appointed as Deputy Director within the same Institute and then as Acting Director in 2010. In 2013 he was asked to set up the Data and Information Management Department and was appointed as its Director in 2015. In 2019 he was appointed as MCAST’s first Data Protection Officer.

Mario is a fellow of the Institute of Accountants (MIA) and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is also the holder of the CPA warrant.


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Perit Deborah Borg
Director - EU Projects

Deborah Borg is a graduate of the University of Malta, obtaining a Bachelor of Engineering and Architecture (Hons) degree in 1995 and a Master of Arts in Baroque Studies in 2002. She was awarded the warrant to practice as a perit (architect and civil engineer) in 1996.

Perit Borg started her professional career at the Malta Planning Authority, specifically within the transport section. She was subsequently appointed as the Deputy Resident Engineer during the construction of the Malta Freeport Terminal II. Ms Borg eventually joined the Coastal Management Company Limited where she was mostly involved in the design of educational infrastructure.

In 2004, she joined the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) where she was responsible for the construction of a number of buildings for the College and was actively involved in the development of the MCAST Masterplan in Corradino. Eventually she was entrusted with the setting up the MCAST’s EU Projects Office. In her capacity as EU Project Director, she was instrumental in securing in excess of 100 million Euros in EU funding primarily ERDF and ESF funds for MCAST.

Deborah’s main interests include reading, travelling, art and architecture.

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Ms Jacqueline Grima
PA to the Principal and CEO

Ms Jacqueline Grima worked as a secretary for a German company manufacturing glasses for fifteen years. She continued to study, while working, and successfully completed a Diploma in Human Resources, despite also having to care for a child. In 2011, together with her family, Jacqueline relocated to Brussels where she embarked on a new working experience at a European institution as an assistant for translation. This was a very enriching experience for Jacqueline as she worked with people from different countries and cultures. While in Brussels, Jacqueline furthered her studies through various language courses. Today, Jacqueline is the personal assistant to the MCAST principal.


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Ms Francesca Attard
(Deputy Director - Policy Analyst)

In May 2019, Francesca Attard was appointed Deputy Director - Policy Analysis becoming part of the MCAST Principal’s office team. Francesca is a graduate of the University of Malta, acquiring a Bachelor’s Degree in Management in 2006 and consequently a Master of Arts in European Studies in 2013. She continued her professional development by attending other specialised courses in leadership and management, communication skills and speech writing.

Her career in policy commenced at the Ministry of Education and Employment, as a Research Manager in EU and International areas related to Education, Employment, Youth and Sport. Before that, she gained work experience in the private sector in areas related to media, tourism, EU funding and also the pharmaceutical industry.

She also has a keen interest in photography. Her photography features people from all walks of life. Throughout the years, she has specialised in Maternity and Newborn Photography, an artistic niche which is very dear to her.




Avv. Francesca De Gabriele
MCAST Legal Office.

Dr Francesca Degabriele joined the MCAST in April 2019 and is currently managing the MCAST Legal Office.

Dr Degabriele graduated with an LLD from the University of Malta in 2010 and worked as a Legal Officer at the Government Property Department/ Lands Authority where she was primarily involved in Litigation and also occupied the role of Data Protection Officer.

In 2015, Dr Degabriele graduated with an LLM in European Law from Kings’ College London where she was awarded the prize for best dissertation. Following which, in 2017, she joined a boutique law firm where she worked in various legal fields, particularly Civil Litigation, Employment Law and Data Protection Law. Concurrently, in 2018 she joined MCAST as a part-time lecturer and has been teaching the Legal Secretary unit as part of the Advanced Diploma in Secretarial and Administrative Studies ever since.

Dr Degabriele is a member of the Chamber of Advocates.




Ms Edel Cassar
MCAST Strategy Implementation Office

Ms Edel Cassar has been entrusted to run the Strategy Implementation Office. Ms Cassar is an educator by profession with an educational background in psychology, sociology, human resources and training. Her work experience started off as a teacher and proceeded towards specialisation in EU projects, in particular funding coordination in the public sector. Ms Cassar occupied the position of Chief Executive Officer within the Commission for Further and Higher Education, the entity responsible for recognition, validation and accreditation of further and higher education in Malta. Ms Cassar also headed the National Skills Council and the Scholarships Unit within the Ministry for Education and Employment. Ms Cassar is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta and an assessor on the Erasmus + programme.